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Report: MSFT to Release Xbox One Sans Kinect in 2014

By - Source: Machinima Inside Gaming | B 19 comments

Willing to wait to skip out on Kinect?

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One, gamers were quick to point out what they didn't like about the device. One of the biggest concerns for Xbox fans was the price. Microsoft justifies it by pointing out the fact that buyers will also get the Kinect motion sensor when they buy the Xbox One. But what if you wanted to buy the Xbox One without Kinect?

You just might be able to. Unfortunately, it likely won't be for a while. According to Inside Gaming, those who are willing to wait will have the option of buying the Xbox One without Kinect. The website quotes a source familiar with the matter that says Microsoft will release a bundle without Kinect in the summer of next year. What's more, a second budget bundle will feature a second hard drive and actually under cut the price of Sony's PS4.

In case you need reminding, the PS4 will cost $399 when it launches later this year. The Xbox One, with Kinect, will cost $499. Inside Gaming hasn't said how much the 2014 Kinect-less bundle will cost, though the mention of another budget bundle undercutting the price of the PS4 would imply that the price of the Kinect-less bundle will still be over $399.

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    Mike Friesen , July 24, 2013 11:19 AM
    Laughable.
    However, they are catering to the consumers' demands somewhat (Although they admitted they might still, and even plan to go back and make internet access mandatory, etc, etc.). But still, microsoft's windows division could learn from this.
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    icepick314 , July 24, 2013 11:38 AM
    I thought you couldn't use Xbone WITHOUT Kinect...

    did I misunderstand their press release?
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    Andrew Humphries , July 24, 2013 11:48 AM
    Sorry, but no.

    http://kotaku.com/microsoft-shoots-down-rumors-of-kinect-free-xbox-one-bu-897031441
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    shikamaru31789 , July 24, 2013 11:57 AM
    @icepick314 From what I understand, they originally decided to bundle the Kinect with every console so that developers would have incentive to put Kinect features in their games. When less than half of the consoles out there have a Kinect attached, developers don't see a point in wasting development resources working on adding optional Kinect features to controller-based games. But when every single Xbox has an attached and required Kinect, that's major incentive for developers to put Kinect features in their games.

    My guess is they've read all of the Kinect hate on the internet, read all of the things analysts have said about the $500 price hurting them against the $400 PS4, spoke with the developers to see if they'd rather have a larger Kinect install base or a larger overall install base, and decided it was in their best interest to not make the Kinect required. As for how they plan to remove the Kinect requirement, my guess would be a software patch.
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    hardcore_player , July 24, 2013 12:05 PM
    people praise the hell out of Nintendo for trying new things, but slam MS for the same.. Sony is becoming gamers choice because they're sticking with the past a little too tightly with the PS4 this time
    i'm a hardcore gamer and i kinda like what MS did in Kinect 2
    but why so many out there hated it ?? is it because the whole system costs a 100$ more ???
    if that is the case , i remember back in 2006 that i paid 1200$ for my 360 the 20gb version , you people in US and Europe are so lucky , here in Palestine and Israel everything is so expensive , my 3930k cost me nearly 1000$ ( 2920 NIS).
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    xelliz , July 24, 2013 12:21 PM
    An Xbox1 purchase next summer is now a possibility....but only a possibility. Time will tell
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    SkateZilla , July 24, 2013 12:42 PM
    Which pretty much confirms you dont need kinect to be connected to the unit 24/7
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    whiteodian , July 24, 2013 12:49 PM
    This would be a stupid move. If they do this, they will most likely cause some people to wait and purchase at a later date which will affect their initial sales. I like the fact, as others have mentioned, that they include it as an incentive for more software makers to take advantage of. The extra $100 over the PS4 doesn't bother me.
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    stingstang , July 24, 2013 1:09 PM
    So that PR about the Kinect being more costly than the console... we're all just going to ignore that and take the 400 dollar price tag, huh?
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    catfishtx , July 24, 2013 1:28 PM
    I would love it if it happened, but this rumor is just that, a rumor. The Kinect sensor is required but can be turned off. One thing is for sure, MS has done a terrible job of getting the XB1 message out there in a clear, consistant manner.
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    Phenis , July 24, 2013 2:30 PM
    I don't know about you guys, but I most certainly don't want a a Microsoft camera hooked up to the internet in my home, given all the info on Microsoft collaborating closely with the NSA.
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    cozmium , July 24, 2013 2:47 PM
    This is about the only thing that would make me buy an xb1. I don't want kinect, I won't ever use kinect. I have a cinema room where I play games, and it has a hidden in-wall cupboard where all the equipment is. Am I meant to have a wire trailing out just for a stupid sensor/camera i'll never want to use? If it needs facial recognition for any reason i'd shut it in the cupbaord with a picture of Hitler in front of it or something.
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    jack1982 , July 24, 2013 2:51 PM
    Good grief, you people will print anything.
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    hakesterman , July 24, 2013 3:05 PM
    I will never buy one if it requires Kinect.
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    back_by_demand , July 25, 2013 12:21 AM
    Such ignorance around the Kinect, saying it is unpopular and devs don't write for it - the Kinect 1 was the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history and the number is only going upwards
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    virtualban , July 25, 2013 1:30 AM
    @hardcore_player
    Remember that article on how M$ was caught with the hand in the cookie jar in regards to paying for trolling forums, comments and ratings in hopes of generating positive feedbacks?

    Guess who comes out as a suspect in this case.

    Just because they can make it mandatory for kinnect to be, does not mean they should.
    And, the beauty of technology is that it goes forward.
    What we throw away today, old mobile phones and such, can compare and surpass Nasa's computing power of many years ago.
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    Steveymoo , July 25, 2013 3:05 AM
    By which point, everyone interested in buying a new console will have spent their hard earnt dollar on the cheaper option.
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    Nathaniel Rich , July 25, 2013 8:49 PM
    Microsoft has already stated that they WILL NOT be releasing a version of Xbox One without kinect, period.
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    HyperionLight , August 3, 2013 2:02 PM
    Quote:
    people praise the hell out of Nintendo for trying new things, but slam MS for the same.. Sony is becoming gamers choice because they're sticking with the past a little too tightly with the PS4 this time
    i'm a hardcore gamer and i kinda like what MS did in Kinect 2
    but why so many out there hated it ?? is it because the whole system costs a 100$ more ???
    if that is the case , i remember back in 2006 that i paid 1200$ for my 360 the 20gb version , you people in US and Europe are so lucky , here in Palestine and Israel everything is so expensive , my 3930k cost me nearly 1000$ ( 2920 NIS).


    It’s almost the same I wrote on this article.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-1749952/microsoft-nukes-rumors-kinect-free-xbox.html

    I mean seriously why are people so against the kinect 2? Btw doesn’t the ps4 cost $400 anyway…so… let me get this straight!

    People… are saying that it’s impossible to pay the huge amount that is 500 dollars… But! Paying $400 is no problem at all?!?!?!

    At times like this I think Mr. Blackadder’s “advice” is worth taking into consideration

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9zqig7lEU1qbfwh1o1_500.jpg

    Can’t people at least imagine the possibilities before going “NSA this NSA that” or “booo, worthless gimmick”

    How about future uses of the technology and firmaware updates that will surely come along? Like how about this:

    You’re looking for you controller and can’t find it. You say “xbox find controller” and you see a live stream of your room on the tv with a flashing arrow that shows/guides you to the exact location of the controller”

    And more cool features like that and of course game integration.

    1200$!!! For a 20GB xbox360?!

    If that’s the price this time I hope you’re going to order yours from overseas as it’s not region locked so there shouldn’t be any problems. And If you don’t mind me asking how much does the x1 and ps4 cost in Palestine and Israel?

    Btw can’t wait for illumiroom and for an interesting reading

    http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/1gsrf5/how_developers_use_the_cloud_and_halo_will_have_a/